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100,000 jobs in Japan open to Pinoys — Bello

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

A Japanese flag (Image courtesy to Reuters)

Out of the 350,000 job opportunities that Japan will open to foreign nationals next month, 100,000 may likely be allotted to Filipino workers, the Department of Labor said on Sunday (March 17).

“Our workers may get at least 30 percent of available jobs for foreign nationals,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said.

A memorandum of cooperation that will provide a framework for the deployment of “specified skill workers” is set to be signed in Tokyo on Tuesday between the labor department of the Philippines and Japan’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, Labor and Welfare and the National Police Agency.

“This agreement, aside from providing better opportunities, is geared toward ensuring their protection by means of implementing a basic framework that will promote smooth and proper mechanisms in sending, accepting, and residence management of incoming specified skilled workers in Japan,” Bello said.

Industries in need of skilled workers include health care, building maintenance, food services, industrial machinery, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquaculture, parts and tooling and aviation.

The agreement defines specified skilled workers as those who have a degree of skill or expertise in the field they applied for and have been granted a residence status of “specified skilled worker” by the Japanese government.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will process their accreditation while the Philippine Labor Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Japan will verify the documents of workers.

The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) will manage the reintegration of specified skilled workers returning to the Philippines. —Aileen Cerrudo

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New law bans flying drones while drunk in Japan

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

JAPAN – Flying a drone while drunk could lead to a year in prison following the passage of a new law.

The law aims to control the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles in Japan.

Aside from imprisonment, those found to be intoxicated while flying a drone could also face a fine of up to 300,000 yen or about P140,000.

The law puts limits on certain areas where drones can be flown and it also covers drones weighing more than 200 grams.

The new law also levies fines on pilots who perform dangerous stunts with their drone such as quickly plunging the device towards crowds which would incur fines of up to 500,000 yen or P230,000.

Restrictions on where operators can fly their device also applies under the new legislation.

Specifically, drones are not allowed within 300 meters over Japan’s Armed Forces and other “defence-related facilities” without prior permission.

There is no license required to fly a drone in Japan. However, operators must abide by a series of regulations which included staying below 150 meters; avoiding airports and crowded areas; flying only during daylight and keeping the drone in sight at all times.

The fine for violating the above regulations is up to 500,000 yen or P230,000.

The new regulation follows an earlier ban on drone approaching nuclear power plants, parliament buildings and the prime minister’s office.

Venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and stadiums are also off-limits to drone pilots.

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Gov’t to issue guidelines on foreigners seeking jobs in PH

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Foreign employees working at the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT)

MANILA, Philippines – The government of President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to issue a new set of guidelines for foreign nationals intending to work in the Philippines, Malacañang said on Tuesday (June 11).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the issuance of new rules for foreign workers was discussed during their Cabinet meeting on Monday after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported on the status of foreign employees in the country.

Panelo said the joint memorandum circular (JMC) will be issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, Department of Justice, Bureau of Internal revenue, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Professional Regulation Commission, Bureau of Immigration and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

He said the issuance of the JMC is requested to harmonize policy guidelines for foreign nationals seeking jobs in the Philippines.

“Through this JMC, foreign nationals shall first secure an alien employment permit, a working visa, and a tax identification number before they can be permitted to work in the country,” the presidential spokesman said.

The top foreign nationals working in the country, according to Panelo, are Chinese, Japanese and Koreans. They are mostly working in administrative support, offshore gaming operations, and business process outsourcing.

The Palace official’s statement follows concerns raised by several lawmakers over the surge of Chinese workers in the Philippines who allegedly do not have legal work permits and have entered the country using tourist visas.

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Double pay for work on June holidays—DOLE

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Workers in the private sector who will report for duty on regular holidays this month will receive double pay according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

“Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued a labor advisory prescribing the proper payment of wages for the regular holidays on June 5 and 12, observance of Eid’l Fitr and Philippine Independence Day, respectively,” DOLE statement reads.

For workers who will come to work on a holiday will receive 200% of their daily eight-hour salary. Those who will work overtime will receive additional 30% of their hourly rate.

If a holiday falls on a rest day, workers who will report to work shall receive additional 30% of their 200% basic wage. Overtime pay will have 30% additional for their hourly rate.

Meanwhile employees who will not report to work will still receive 100% of their salary.

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